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    BBC iplayer launch date 1st October?

    This is a discussion on BBC iplayer launch date 1st October? within the Sky On Demand forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; Perhaps the On Demand BBC iPlayer launch is waiting for the new Connected Red Button functionality? Changes to BBC Red ...

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      Re: BBC iplayer launch date 1st October?

      Perhaps the On Demand BBC iPlayer launch is waiting for the new Connected Red Button functionality?

      Changes to BBC Red Button
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      Re: BBC iplayer launch date 1st October?

      Quote Originally Posted by JPL View Post
      Perhaps the On Demand BBC iPlayer launch is waiting for the new Connected Red Button functionality?

      Changes to BBC Red Button
      I find the Connected Red Button a bit confusing as I assumed it would work on IPTV. Does this mean it'll also come to set top boxes like Sky?

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      Re: BBC iplayer launch date 1st October?

      Quote Originally Posted by cylon6 View Post
      I find the Connected Red Button a bit confusing as I assumed it would work on IPTV. Does this mean it'll also come to set top boxes like Sky?
      I suspect that, when it arrives "later this year", BBC Connected Red Button will mean that:

      1. It will only work on the latest generation (i.e. 2012 models) of "connected" televisions (but not on older generations of "connected" televisions because they can't support the technology that this will use).
      2. It will not work on STBs at all (at least to begin with, perhaps with the exception of the new STBs to support YouView where they may have already been able to build in some future-proofing for what this change will require) whilst another cycle of integrated yet another new technology begins and then it might be necessary to upgrade to the latest STB.

      I base this view on reading through some of the comments to that blog page where there are examples of TVs no more than 3 years old that cannot support some functionality that is in the manufacturer's latest models. I have seen an example of this myself - Sony made Netflix access available on 2012 models via a software upgrade, but not on the 2011 or prior models (one of which I have got). Now that in itself doesn't bother me personally, but most people buy a TV and expect to get a good few years service out of it, and they probably expect it to be reasonably well future-proofed too.

      Just my perhaps cynical 2p. I hope I'm wrong!
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      Re: BBC iplayer launch date 1st October?

      No matter how they tart it up, the changes in the Red button are to save BBC money. The new system will save BBC the cost of bandwidth and pass it on to the ISP or the actual user if they are not on an Unlimited package.

      As Speedy says it is very annoying to have a 2 year old TV and find that it is already out of date.
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      Re: BBC iplayer launch date 1st October?

      Quote Originally Posted by speedyrite View Post

      I base this view on reading through some of the comments to that blog page where there are examples of TVs no more than 3 years old that cannot support some functionality that is in the manufacturer's latest models. I have seen an example of this myself - Sony made Netflix access available on 2012 models via a software upgrade, but not on the 2011 or prior models (one of which I have got).
      Snap! My 2011 Bravia EX723 was declared incapable of running Netflix when it was launched - even before the 2012 models which could run it were released! Many would say Sony's reluctance to put resources into back-porting new apps to models barely 12 months old was a cynical attempt to manipulate people into buying new gear. Sony in turn have blamed Netflix for using a new DRM system. Either way, it's pretty clear Sony didn't try very hard to make it work .
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      Re: BBC iplayer launch date 1st October?

      Have you checked if the latest update fixes this -
      Sony : KDL-32EX723 updates | Download updates for KDL-32EX723

      I don't know whether it is dated 10th August or 8th October.

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      Re: BBC iplayer launch date 1st October?

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      Have you checked if the latest update fixes this -
      Sony : KDL-32EX723 updates | Download updates for KDL-32EX723

      I don't know whether it is dated 10th August or 8th October.
      It was 10th August. I've got the KDL-26EX320 which that update also applies to and it doesn't add Netflix. It just provides "an improvement for Hbb TV performance" (*whatever that means! )

      * "HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is a consortium of industry leaders, including broadcasters, software and media solutions providers and consumer electronics manufacturers, committed to delivering a seamless entertainment experience to consumers that combines the richness of broadcast and broadband. The combination of linear broadcasting and the Internet significantly expands and enhances the television experience through both advanced interactivity and the vast content available online." So that's all good then...
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      Re: BBC iplayer launch date 1st October?

      Just noticed at the end of the Jonathan Ross advert for On Demand, that it comes up with 'iPlayer expected from 30th. October' at the bottom.

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      BBC iplayer launch date 1st October?

      It will be launching around the end of October for the HD boxes that have already been updated to the new EPG, and the end of November for the other HD boxes i.e Pace, Samsung.
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      Re: BBC iplayer launch date 1st October?

      Quote Originally Posted by Ditcheat View Post
      Just noticed at the end of the Jonathan Ross advert for On Demand, that it comes up with 'iPlayer expected from 30th. October' at the bottom.
      That figures then. At the start of this week, I commented in another thread "BSkyB Q1 results announcement is on 1 November, so I reckon BBC iPlayer will go live on Sky no later than then." Still no official announcement from BBC, but I suppose there's still plenty of time for that to come out!
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